Again, we're talking about different things. You're talking about relative wealth, I'm talking about actual wealth. You only want to view the condition of the middle class relative to the condition of the ultra-wealthy. I'm saying that technology has improved the lives of the middle class and continues to do so as advancements are made. Today we have devices that have more intrinsic value than those we had 10, 20, 50, 100 years ago: today's cars are better, today's computers are better, today's phones are better, and so on. Take the middle class family from 50 years ago that you're citing, transport it with its salary and all its possessions to today, and they'd be poor. You're not denying my point or opposing it in any way.
The technology of smart meters, if implemented properly, will continue to improve the lives of the middle class (and pretty much everyone who uses electricity). Banning them for the reasons listed in the article is foolish, and banning them to protect the jobs of meter readers would be extra-foolish. Opposing them on the grounds that they might, MIGHT, disproportionately provide more gains to the wealthy than to the middle class (an assertion you have not backed up with data), would STILL be foolish.
If you had the opportunity to buy a device for $50 that would save/earn you $100 over the next year, guaranteed, would you do it? Of course you would. What if you knew that the device only cost $10 to manufacture, and so the creator of the device was making millions of dollars off of it? Would you boycott the device because you think you should be spending less for it? You could, but it would be stupid. All you're doing is costing yourself $50 by not buying the device.
If increased efficiency meant that regular people had more, or paid less, then I wouldn't have a problem. As it is, I say they are screwing us, so we should take any opportunity to screw them.
You made this statement, and clearly it's a lie. You don't care that smart meters, if implemented properly and used properly, will save money for the middle class. You only care that "they" (the ultra-wealthy) might gain more from the invention than the middle class would.